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May 31, 2017 | Volume 9, Issue 42

RCSS News & Events

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017

 

Saturday was a picture perfect day for Ramona's traditional graduation ceremony at Roseheath.  Our fifty-one graduates looked absolutely beautiful as they walked down the aisle holding their yellow roses and smiling nervously at proud relatives and friends.  Victoria Garcia, Salutatorian, spoke on behalf of the Class of 2017.  We were honored to welcome as our guest speaker, Kim Chanbonpin '95, who is a professor at the John Marshall School of Law at the University of Chicago.  All of the graduates will be continuing on to college; previous newsletters have indicated all of the school to which the girls were accepted.  As of today, these young women have been offered a total of $9,179,454 in merit scholarships.  (Merit scholarships are based on their academic record – not financial need). By the numbers:

 

19 (35.2%) Highest Honors – 100% Life Membership: California Scholarship Federation

6 (11.7%) Life Membership: California Scholarship Federation

24 (47%) National Honor Society members

19 (37.2%) Life Membership: Philomatheon Scholastic Honor Society

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Following the presentation of diplomas and awards, Sister Kathleen presented or Athletic Director, Teacher, and Coach – Deb Drury – with the prestigious Durocher Medal in recognition of her 33 years of dedicated service to Ramona and our students.

 

ENGLISH 10 HONORS VOCABULARY BEE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Congratulations to the winners of the annual English 10 Honors Vocabulary Bee!

 

1st Place

Hailey Barrientos

 

2nd Place

Monique Rios

 

3rd Place

Alessandra Soto

 

All the students in the class demonstrated excellent vocabulary skills and surely will continue to develop their reading, writing, and speaking vocabularies.

 

AP STUDIO ART STUDENTS LEAVE THEIR MARK AT RAMONA

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Student artists Reanna Salvador '17 and Jenny Huang '17 recently completed an environmental installation artwork on the stairs that lead to the lower dufresne building.  The annual tradition is for Advanced Placement Studio Art students to leave a temporary art work for the school to enjoy for the last days of the school year.  Students are required to create a plan, submit a formal proposal, and have an interview with Ms. Mansell before the piece is installed. Several students have been spotted having their picture taken with it as well as some taking the ever-so-popular "selfies" with the artwork. Thank you, Reanna and Jenny, for using our campus as a canvas to share your gifts and talents.

 

WRITING CONTEST WINNERS

 

Ramona's English Department is well known its for high standards for student writing as evidenced not only by the quality of student work, but also by the testimony of graduates who return to tell of their college experiences.  The annual writing contest gives students the opportunity to hone their skills and to choose the genre they like best.  With well over one hundred submissions, this year's competition was as fierce and compelling as ever, and work in poetry in particular seemed to dominate the field. We decided to reward the work across the genres, with the following results: 

Congratulations to this year's winner:

Emma Frias '17 ("War")

 

And to the seven who earned Honorable Mention:

Sophia Sandoval, "Why I am So Emotional"

Sophia Torres, "We Were to Grow Old in Silence"

Alina Xia, "Whalien"

Ambar Gutierrez, "Mexican-American"

Izel Varela, "A Part of Me"

Sophia Reyes, "The Muse"

Celeste Vasquez, "Seventeen Again"

 

The Literary Magazine features a selection of the best of the overall submissions, and is live online now!


CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

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AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS PUBLISHES POETRY COLLECTION

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Mrs. Barnheiser's AP English Language Class has published a collection of their poetry entitled Our Lives Are Poetry. This collection of poetry includes found poems from the students' own first attempts at their college essays and from other articles and stories, poems inspired by incongruous noun/verb pairings, and poems containing heroic couplets from the perspectives of people in early American history. The book is available on Amazon for only $8.00.

 

INTERCOMMUNITY PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER JUSTVIDEO CONTEST WINNERS

Please join us in congratulating juniors Angela Reyes-Gomez, Ashley Garcia, Vanessa Gomez, and Katelyn Navarette in tying for Third Place with their video entry, Water Crisis, in the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center's Justvideo contest.

 

We would also like to congratulate juniors Madeline Karam, Ambar Gutierrez, Andrea Magallon, and Hallie Toscano for earning Honorable Mention with their entry video, Immigration: Breaking Stereotypes, in the contest.

 

Below, you can access the video links of our student contestants:

Water Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4c0ZeE6j3E

 

Immigration: Breaking Stereotypes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS6ao1mKuw4

 

IMPORTANT TEXTBOOK INFORMATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR:


Please review these textbook changes for next year before purchasing any used books from either another Ramona student or from a 3rd party vendor.  As you purchase used books this summer please check that the ISBN number matches the book listed on our K12 Bookstore list, which will be available in early July.  Also remember that some books have online components that are used regularly in class, such as our Spanish and French texts.  When purchasing a used textbook, you are not getting the online version as well, you are only purchasing the book.  Please be sure that your daughter has access to and has purchased the online resources she needs.


The following books WILL NOT be used again next year:


Theology Department: 

All Theology 9, Theology 10 and Theology 11 books are being replaced.  Only 12th grade Theology books will be used again next year.  Do not purchase used Theology books for grades 9 – 11.


The Bibles currently being used by our 10th – 12th graders can not be sold back to an incoming 9th or 10th grader.  The versions are a little different, and new students will need the newer version of this Bible.


English Department:

The Great Grammar Book will no longer be used by 9th and 10th graders. 

 

RAMONA FACULTY MEMBER SELECTED FOR SUMMER INSTITUTE EXPERIENCE

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This summer Mrs. Judy Alvarez, Theology teacher and Director for International Student Life, has been selected to participate in the Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness Summer Institute, taking place July 16-21, 2017 in Washington, DC. During this six-day experience of intensive study, she will be joined by Catholic school educators from across the United States to learn skills and gain resources to bring the lessons of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and modern-day prejudice to her Sophomore theology students and the school community.

 

SENIOR PORTRAIT INFORMATION - CLASS OF 2018

 

Senior portraits will be taken at Ramona on Monday & Tuesday, June 5 & 6, 2017 in the Student Life Center (SLC) from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The purpose of senior portrait appointments is for the yearbook and the senior composite that will be on display at graduation and in the library where all composites are stored. Specific information regarding appointment times has been sent to your home. Please contact Mrs. Fernandez (vfernandez@ramonaconvent.org) if you have any additional questions.

 

EAST COAST COLLEGE TOUR UPDATES 

 

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS! THERE IS ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT for the East Coast College Tour.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your daughter to learn what colleges outside of California have to offer.  For more information, please contact Mr. Chavarria (achavarria@ramonaconvent.org)

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INNOVATE! CREATE! COLLABORATE! 

Our Summer Session curriculum is designed to prepare students for junior high and high school as well as to provide opportunities for enrichment for all students.  Over the summer, students can be found throughout our 19-acre campus, engaged and learning in our garden, our kitchen, our arts studios, science labs, and classrooms.


  • Read a novel through the eyes of a young scholar
  • Join other incoming freshmen as you delve into your 9th grade summer reading
  • Sharpen your math skills and learn something new
  • Make new friends that you will cherish
  • Explore our campus
  • Cook in our kitchen
  • Plant and harvest in our farm
  • Create in our Art Studio
  • Play and compete in sports


Ramona's summer session is available to young women and men who are entering grades 5 - 12 and is a co-educational summer school.  Click here to learn more about the Summer Session Curriculum or contact Mrs. Szymanski at hszymanski@ramonaconvent.org or ext. 137. You may also visit our summer session website for additional information.

Click the photo above for the full catalog.

 

BASKETBALL CAMP FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

MONDAY, JUNE 19TH - FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

COST: $150

 

Open to girls and boys, entering 6th - 9th grades. Campers will be taught the fundamental skills in basketball: ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense in small groups, with plenty of opportunity for repetition. Groups will be rotated to various stations to practice skills and will have the opportunity to play challenging and fun games which will re-enforce each day's skills and concepts. Each camp day will end with a refreshing open swim session in our sparkling pool!

 

Instructors are our own Ramona Varsity coaches: Ms. Garcia and Ms. Zuczek

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE FLYER

Click the photo to register.

 

SHOW YOUR RAMONA PRIDE WITH A NEW T-SHIRT DESIGN

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Our parent group has been hard at work designing a new t-shirt for you to wear with Tiger pride! Various sizes are available for only $15. Don't wait! We WILL sell out!

 

Limited sizes of other designs are also available.


SALE! SALE! SALE!

Last year's t-shirt's are NOW on SALE (the white and the black "parent" t-shirt). They are only $5! What a deal!

  

Click here for an order form!

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

 

Thursday, June 1st

8:30-10:00 C Block Exam

10:30-12:00 B Block Exam

Faculty/Staff End of the Year Celebration


Friday, June 2nd

8:30-10:00 A Block Exam

End of Second Semester


June 19th - 23rd

Emerging Leaders Seminar


Monday, June 26th

Summer School begins


School offices will be open regular hours during the summer; however, if you need to see a particular person, it would be advisable to be sure he/she is on campus.


Newsletters will be published periodically during the summer.  Please be sure the check your e mail so that you do not miss important information.

 

Sincerely,

Sr. Kathleen Callaway, SNJM, President

Ms. Mary E. Mansell, Principal

 

MISSION STATEMENT


Ramona Convent, a welcoming and inclusive Catholic college-preparatory high school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, graduates young women characterized by academic excellence and spiritual depth, open to the wisdom of other cultures and prepared to lead and serve in an evolving, interdependent world.

 
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